Updating our release of v2.0 - check for new thread released today
*pertaining to this thread. The Food Computer is not about being cost effective to feed yourself, Just like the personal computer was not an affordable device in the 70's for calculating. None of the table top growing units will ever succeed at this task. The OpenAg community and OpenAg hardware and software platforms are about building a community and resources for hackers/makers/scientists/enthusiasts to put their brain power to work collectively across disciplines to contribute to solving global problems.
Totally agree the BOM is quite expensive but you dont have to build all of it at once, go in stages and add specific components (lights, pumps, sensors actuators, auto dosers) at your own pace and as you feel comfortable - thats why we made it modular Want to try using the code/basic hardware to hack an ultra affordable personal food computer? I love that idea! Check out our thread from National geographic as a great place to start, then open a new thread and start hacking with the support of others in the community.
Think, Build, Hack, Repeat.